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USS Newman (APD-59)
USS Newman (DE-205) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Tango - Yankee
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Lashing (F)oxtrot - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 8 June 1943, as Newman (DE-205), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
Launched, 9 August 1943
Commissioned USS Newman (DE-205), 26 November 1943, LCDR. William C. Meyer, USNR, in command
Converted to a High-speed Transport at Naval Frontier Base Tomkinsville, Staten Island N.Y. between 30 June and 7 September 1944
Redesignated (APD-59), 5 July 1944
During World War II USS Newman (APD-59) was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as flagship for TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 5 to 22 November 1944
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landing, Puerta Princessa, 28 February to 1 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, Island landings, 26 to 27 March 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, Grande Island, 29 to 30 January 1945
Following World War II USS Newman (APD-59) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 12 September 1945
|29 September to 8 October 1945
|26 October to 27 November 1945
Decommissioned, 6 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Berthed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Later moved to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1964
USS Newman (APD-59) earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 16 August 1966, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD. for scrapping
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Newman (APD-59) detailed profile drawing.
||©John Robert Barrett
||BUSHIPS letter U.S.S. Newman (APD) - Conversion from Destroyer Escort (DE), dated 30 September 1944 and
Commandant Third Naval District. first endorsement of 5 October 1944.
USS Newman (APD-59)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Meyer, William Claire, USNR||26 November 1943 - 1 July 1944||DE-205|
|02||LCDR. Thieme, Robert Irwin, USNR||1 July 1944 - 17 December 1946||DE-205 / APD-59|
|03||LT. Meredith Jr., Walter Charles, USNR||17 December 1945 - March 1946||APD-59|
|04||LTjg. Lirio, Phillip A., USNR||March 1946 - 15 May 1946||APD-59|
|05||LCDR. Brownlow, Paul Jerry, USNR||15 May 1946 - 1 April 1947||APD-59|
|06||ENS. Bouveron, Ernest Ambroise||1 April 1947 - 5 May 1947||APD-59|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 13 October 2017
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